Xanadu Exmoor Chardonnay

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COLOR Pale straw NOSE The bouquet of this elegant, yet powerful Chardonnay offers nashi pears, grapefruit and gala apples with underlying hints of nougat and cashew. PALATE The palate is medium bodied displaying white fleshed stone fruits and zesty citrus flavours. The taut mineral backbone is complimented by a lovely creamy/marshmallow texture derived from lees stirring whilst in barrel. Fine and fresh, the bright fruit and crisp acidity combine to focus the wine perfectly to a lingering fruit finish. A modern style of Chardonnay, displaying classic Margaret River hallmarks. The 2015 Exmoor Chardonnay is a wine which, while drinking well in its youth will reward with careful cellaring.
This is so sensitively oaked it could even be unwooded, so clearly does the superbly fresh, vibrant, citrusy fruit soar. Intense, firm and bracing, with rapier-like thrust and great focus. Beautiful now, but it will also keep. (Screwcap)

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All components (majority being Gin Gin clone Chardonnay) were pressed without crushing, followed by 80% barrel fermentation in French barriques (14% new oak in final blend). Natural fermentation was encouraged on barrel fermented components, in order to introduce complexity and personality into the wine. The remaining 20% of the blend was fermented in tank before being transferred, with lees, into barrel for maturation. All of the individual batches which make up the blend were lees stirred throughout a nine-month oak maturation period, without any malolactic fermentation; gaining texture throughout the year. The final blend was put together in November 2015.

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